Gaza war: Palestinians hope for ceasefire as Israel's deadly strikes continue

Gaza war: Palestinians hope for ceasefire as Israel's deadly strikes continue
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Exhausted Palestinians in the Gaza Strip will be hoping for respite in the war-torn enclave, following the announcement on Monday night that the United Nations Security Council adopted a US-drafted resolution supporting a ceasefire plan.

Under the proposal, Israel would withdraw from Gaza population centres and Hamas would free the hostages. The ceasefire would last an initial six weeks, with it extended as negotiators seek a permanent end to hostilities.

The Security Council says Israel has "accepted the truce plan", and called Hamas to also "accept it".

Al Jazeera correspondent and prominent Gaza journalist Hind Khoudary said: "I hope the resolution works this time and I pray this genocide stops. We are totally exhausted. As medical staff, we can’t bear it anymore".

Despite the ceasefire announcement, Israel continued to strike the enclave, and neighbouring territories. At least 11 people have been killed in Gaza City overnight and early on Tuesday after the Israeli military carried out separate strikes on a residential building in the Sheikh Radwan neighbourhood.

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Most of those killed were children, according to reports.

Al Jazeera said that civil defence crews were searching for more victims under rubble.

Israeli forces overnight struck a Hezbollah convoy in Hermel district, northeastern Lebanon, killing three members of the group.

Britain-based war monitor the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a total of five people were killed in the Israeli strike, with the casualties being Syrian and Lebanese.

Blinken: "There is Israeli ‘consensus’ on ceasefire plan"
10:53 AM
The New Arab Staff

US Secretary of State Blinken said he believes there is a "strong consensus" among Israeli leaders to move forward the Gaza ceasefire plan, while speaking in Tel Aviv after a series of meetings with Israeli officials,

Blinken said Netanyahu, who he met yesterday, reiterated his support for the plan. Blinken said he received positive signals from Defence Minister Gallant and other Israeli officials.

"This proposal and moving forward on it is the first step, we want to see it come to fruition."

Hamas 'support' for UN-backed Gaza truce deal 'hopeful': US
10:41 AM
The New Arab Staff & Agencies

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Tuesday a Hamas statement of support for a UN resolution backing a proposal for a ceasefire in the Gaza war was a "hopeful sign" though word from the militant group's leadership in the enclave was vital.

Conversations on plans for Gaza after the Israel's war in Gaza ends will continue on Tuesday afternoon and in the next couple of days, Blinken said in Jerusalem after talks with Israeli leaders. "It's imperative that we have these plans."

Blinken met Israeli officials on Tuesday in a concerted push to end the eight-month-old war a day after President Joe Biden's proposal for a ceasefire was approved by the UN Security Council.

On Tuesday, however, senior Hamas official Sami Abu Zuhri, said it accepted the ceasefire resolution and was ready to negotiate over the details, adding that it was up to Washington to ensure that Israel abides by it.

He said Hamas accepted the formula stipulating the withdrawal of Israeli troops from Gaza and a swap of hostages held in Gaza for Palestinian prisoners jailed in Israel.

"The US administration is facing a real test to carry out its commitments in compelling the occupation to immediately end the war in an implementation of the UN Security Council resolution," Abu Zuhri told Reuters.

Blinken said the Hamas statement was "a hopeful sign" but definitive word was still needed from the Hamas leadership in Gaza. "That's what counts, and that's what we don't have yet."

Hamas accepts UN ceasefire resolution, ready to negotiate
10:30 AM
The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Hamas accepts a UN Security Council ceasefire resolution and is ready to negotiate over the details, senior Hamas official Sami Abu Zuhri told Reuters on Tuesday.

UN: Deadly Israel hostage op could amount to 'war crime'
10:06 AM
The New Arab Staff & Agencies

The United Nations human rights office said on Tuesday that the civilian deaths in Gaza during the Israeli operation to secure the release of four hostages and their holding by armed groups in densely populated areas could amount to war crimes.

"Hundreds of Palestinians, many of them civilians, were reportedly killed and injured," said Jeremy Laurence, spokesperson for the UN human rights office.

"Furthermore, by holding hostages in such densely populated areas, the armed groups doing so are putting the lives of Palestinian civilians, as well as the hostages themselves, at added risk from the hostilities. All these actions, by both parties, may amount to war crimes.

Netanyahu 'reaffirmed commitment' to Gaza ceasefire: Blinken
9:41 AM
The New Arab Staff & Agencies

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Tuesday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had "reaffirmed his commitment" to a Gaza ceasefire proposal during their meeting in Jerusalem.

"I met with Prime Minister Netanyahu last night and he reaffirmed his commitment to the proposal," Blinken said, adding that Hamas's welcoming of a UN vote on the US-drafted ceasefire resolution was a "hopeful" sign.

Sirens sounding in Israel's northern city of Haifa: military
9:26 AM
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Israel's military said on Tuesday sirens warning of possible incoming rockets sounded in the northern port city of Haifa.

Earlier on Tuesday, the military said it had intercepted "a suspicious aerial target" off the coast of Haifa, where no injuries or damage were reported

Hamas commander among those killed in W. Bank by Israel
8:33 AM
The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Hamas says one of its commanders was among those killed by Israeli forces on Monday in Ramallah, Al Jazeera and AFP reported. 

In a statement, the Palestinian group named Mohammed Jaber Abdo as among the four Palestinians killed in Monday night’s incident in the West Bank.

The Palestinian health ministry said four Palestinians were killed on Monday by Israeli "occupation fire" in the town of Kfar Naima, north-west of Ramallah, the Palestinian health ministry said.

A general strike was called in Ramallah by Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in response to the killings, along with a pre-planned rally for Palestinians jailed by Israel.

The Israeli military said it shot at a group of four people who attempted to flee in a vehicle and tried to "run over forces" when Israeli police went to Kfar Naima to arrest a suspect. One Israeli officer was lightly hurt, an army statement said.

Jordan hosts emergency aid summit for war-torn Gaza
8:23 AM
The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Jordan will host a summit Tuesday on the urgent humanitarian response for Palestinians enduring more than eight months of devastating war in Gaza, where the United Nations has warned of looming famine.

The summit seeks to bring together leaders and aid officials to "determine means for enhancing the international community's response to the humanitarian disaster in the Gaza Strip", according to the Jordanian royal court.

The conference is jointly organised by the UN, Jordan and Egypt on the Dead Sea coast and will be attended by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, as well as Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas.

Jordan's foreign ministry said the conference would discuss "preparations for early recovery, and seek commitments for a collective and coordinated response to address the humanitarian situation in Gaza".

"The main purpose of this summit is to reach consensus over practical measures to meet the immediate needs" in Gaza, the ministry added in a statement.

Two Palestinians shot, injured near Nablus, east Jerusalem
8:12 AM
The New Arab Staff

Israeli forces shot and wounded a Palestinian man at dawn on Tuesday,  during a military incursion of Balata camp, east of Nablus, the Palestinian news agency Wafa reported.

The Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) announced that a young man was injured by live bullets in the thigh during the incident near the West Bank city, Wafa said.

Additionally, Israeli forces shot and injured a 60-year-old Palestinian as he was on his way to perform the dawn prayer, in the town of Abu Dis, southeast of occupied Jerusalem.

The elderly man was identified as Ahmed Hamdan.

Israel army says four soldiers killed in south Gaza
8:03 AM
The New Arab Staff & Agencies

The Israeli military said on Tuesday that four soldiers had been killed in fighting in southern Gaza the previous day, more than eight months into its war against Hamas militants.

The soldiers were "killed in fighting in south Gaza" on Monday, the military said in a statement, without elaborating on the circumstances of their deaths.

Israeli public broadcaster Kan said that the soldiers were killed in an explosion in a building in Gaza's far-southern city of Rafah.

On Monday evening, Hamas's armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, said its fighters had "booby-trapped" a building in the Shabura refugee camp in Rafah.

"The Qassam mujahideen were able to detonate a booby-trapped house inside which a Zionist force was holed up ... leaving members of the (Israeli) force dead and wounded," the group said in a statement.



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